Crayola Colored Pencils, 120 ct

Last updated date: October 16, 2019

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 70 expert reviews, the Crayola Crayola Colored Pencils, 120 ct placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 7, 2019:
Checkout The Best Colored Pencils for a detailed review of all the top colored pencils.

Expert Summarized Score
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
1,644 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Each pencil in this set features an accurate, vibrant color, and since they’re pre-sharpened, there is no need to manually sharpen each pencil. For improved safety, these pencils are AP certified for non-toxic materials, and they’re classified as premium art tools.
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As for their performance – the overall impression is pretty good. They do slide over the surface smoothly and the core doesn’t crack if you press on it.
- Wow Pencils
August 29, 2019 | Full review
This set features color coordinated barrels that match each lead. The thick 3.3 millimeter leads make it simple to come up with high-quality content. Besides that, the color set will provide long-lasting color, and the pencils are pre-sharpened so that you can develop precise work.
- The AZ Theme
March 5, 2018 | Full review
The colors are bright enough to appeal to kids, and they apply smoothly to paper. In fact, they’re designed specifically for use with coloring books.The cores are hard and the grip is comfortable, even for small hands.
- The Balance Small Business
February 28, 2019 | Full review
One major benefit for these colored pencils, as is often the case with many Crayola products, is that they are extremely affordable. Overall, these are student level colored pencils that are perfect for casual use and those artists who are on a highly restricted budget.
- Createlet
January 15, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
However, despite the rich pigment, it’s quite hard to achieve it on paper. In order to achieve more saturated color you need to press on the pencil very hard, which can get quite tiring.
- Wow Pencils
August 29, 2019 | Full review
They’re not quite as inexpensive as some others on this list.
- The Balance Small Business
February 28, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Discover the soothing nature of coloring with Crayola Colored Pencils. Ideal for bringing out the beauty in finely detailed line art, this non-toxic art set includes 50 assorted colors to add vibrant flourishes to adult coloring books or original art pieces. Offering long-lasting color with smooth laydown, Crayola Colored Pencils come pre-sharpened so you can start creating precise line work right out of the box.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 4
2. Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 15
3. Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, 50 ct
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 6
4. Sudee Stile Colored Pencils, 120 ct
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Castle Art Supplies Colored Pencils Set, 72 ct
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Shuttle Art Colored Pencils, 136 ct
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Crayola Colored Pencils, 120 ct
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Scriptract Colored Pencils, 24 ct
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 0
9. Pluqis Premium Art Quality Colored Pencils, 24 ct
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Crayola Colored Pencils, 120 ct
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Colored Pencils

For children, colored pencils are a cornerstone of fun activities. They are used at home and at school to make whimsical pictures, complete homework and doodle aimlessly. However, in addition to being popular with kids, colored pencils are now also part of an adult pastime. These days, you’ll find adults — professional artists and beginners alike — creating beautiful works of art using colored pencils. Available in dozens of colors, the pencils are used for drawing, sketching, shading and coloring.

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It’s more than just creating pretty pictures. Coloring uses both sides of the brain. The logical side of the brain helps people to color inside the lines, while the creative side is involved in selecting colors. People also improve their fine motor skills while coloring, especially while working on intricate patterns and detailed drawings.

The act of coloring actually enables the frontal lobe to open, which is the part of the brain that controls organization and problem-solving skills. This improves the level of focus. It allows people to concentrate on the physical action of coloring in the moment while putting other thoughts aside. This can be very relaxing for people who feel stress and anxiety. In fact, coloring can help relax the amygdala, which is the fear center of the brain. In some people, coloring can actually create a meditative state by calming and focusing the restless mind.

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For people who have experienced trauma or are currently going through a traumatic time, coloring can help them control the body’s stress activation area, known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system. This enables people to develop better coping mechanisms and higher levels of resiliency, which can help them navigate difficult experiences.

In addition to having many health and wellness benefits, coloring is also a great way to have fun and use your creativity. Many people find coloring enjoyable because they get to pick different hues, create eye-catching patterns and drawings and focus on an entertaining activity.

DYWM Fun Fact

The way colored pencils are made is unique compared to other kinds of pencils. Regular pencils have a core that consists of graphite or clay. On the other hand, the core of colored pencils is made out of wax, pigments, binding agents and additives.

Pencils designed for professional use by artists usually have higher concentrations of pigments, as compared to pencils that are made for children or novices. Professional-grade pencils also boast the quality of lightfastness, which means that the pigment keeps its original color appearance when exposed to light, like that from the sun. Many professional-grade colored pencils are also resistant to water, whereas other colored pencils may not be.

Colored pencils that are made for children or beginners are often erasable, whereas professional-grade colored pencils are not. This can be an important quality for adults who are just starting to color for fun or relaxation. This way, if you accidentally color outside the lines or select the wrong color, you have the option to go back and erase and start again.

The Colored Pencil Buying Guide

  • Regardless of whether you’re a professional artist or just dabbling in coloring, you’ll want to check the number of colors you get in a package when purchasing a set. For those that create intricate patterns and unique designs, you may be looking for a wide range of colors. If you already have many colored pencils and are just looking to add on a few additional ones, a smaller range of colors might work for you. The Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct and the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct both come with 72 unique colors. On the other hand, the Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, 50 ct comes with 48 different colors while the Sudee Stile Colored Pencils, 120 ct comes with 120 unique colors.
  • “You can buy colored pencils in sets or singly,” says our resident arts and crafts expert, Amy Markham. She’s an art educator and the creator of the art podcast Starling. “If you use one color more than the others in a set you can easily replace that one without having to purchase an entire set again,” she notes.
  • It can be frustrating when the core of the pencil breaks while coloring, and you have to pause your activity to sharpen your pencil. That’s why a break-resistant core is important for many coloring enthusiasts. The Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct specify a break-resistant core. The Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct, the Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, 50 ct and the Sudee Stile Colored Pencils, 120 ct all have a thick and robust lead core, which makes it difficult to chip and crack.
  • The core of your colored pencils also determines how useful they are for different drawing effects. “Hard-core pencils are best for creating sharp lines and drawing in details,” says Markham. “They are also great for lettering and outlines. Soft-core pencils are best for shading, blending and layering.”
  • There are two main techniques for using colored pencils: layering and burnishing. Layering is generally used at the start by coloring different colors on top of one another to create unique shades and tones. Burnishing involves additional layering and blending the layered colors until the appearance is smooth and shiny. For many artists and coloring enthusiasts, being able to layer, shade and blend colors is a vital factor when choosing coloring pencils. If the lead core is too hard, then the pigment won’t blend in and shading will not be smooth. The Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct have a soft core designed to glide smoothly across the paper, while the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct boasts ultra-smooth and even color laydown. The Sudee Stile Colored Pencils, 120 ct has quality lead that is designed for an easy laying down of color.
  • Having a box or case to store your colored pencils makes it easy to manage the clutter that can come from having dozens of pencils. The Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct comes in a metal durable, double-hinged storage tin case. The Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct comes in a standard packaging box, while the Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, 50 ct comes in a peggable, see-through window box. The Sudee Stile Colored Pencils, 120 ct has a delicate carton with three layers, so it’s easier to find the color you’re looking for.
  • For many people, professionals and novices alike, affordability is an important factor to consider when making a purchase. The Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, 50 ct is a low-cost and very affordable option, while the Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct and the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct are both higher in price.